Ahrens and Flaherty Crafting a Concert Version of Importance

News   Ahrens and Flaherty Crafting a Concert Version of Importance The composing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Rocky) and librettist Terrence McNally are preparing a streamlined “concert version” of their 2002 musical A Man of No Importance for a March 15 reading at 54 Below nightclub that is open to the public.

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for 54 Below

James Snyder of Broadway’s If/Then has joined a cast that features Tony winner Jim Norton, three-time Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie, two-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald, Tony nominee Douglas Sills and Theatre World Award winner Rose Hemingway.

Ahrens told Playbill.com, “Terrence, Stephen and I edited the show down to a ‘concert’ version—one which tells the story in a concise and mostly musical way. It’s gathered a big following over the years, and feels so relevant now. We’re all really looking forward to seeing it again with this stellar cast.”

Also in the cast: Jennifer Simard, Lauren Blackman, Klea Blackhurst, Janet Dickinson, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Andy Taylor and Ryan Andes.

Based on a 1994 film of the same name, A Man of No Importance is the story of a theatre-loving Dublin bus conductor who gradually comes to terms with his own homosexuality.

Ahrens, who lives just a few blocks from 54 Below, said, “54 Below is so close I don’t even need my ear muffs to get there! Yay!”

Produced and directed by T. Oliver Reid, with musical direction by Shawn Gough, the revised musical will give two performances, 7 and 9:30 PM in the supper club located in the basement of Studio 54 Theatre.

For reservations visit www.54below.com. Cover charge is $50-$60 with a $25 food and beverage minimum; $75 premium seats are available.

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